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An item appeared on the BBC today saying that over 1,000 new coaches are to be built for the UK. These are primairly going to be used in the South East where services are struggling. This will apparently be the equivelant of 1/10th of the current fleet. The Government wants them introdued by 2014 and will be responsible for building them and will lease them back to the rail companies.
The article also said that the amount of rail passenmgers rose 10% last year.
Does this herald the dawning of a new golden age of rail?
Or, are we just catching up belatedly on where we should be if the rail network had been invested in properly?